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Songs Paul SHOULD have written and performed
Funny Paper
2080 Posts
11 January 2013 - 2.46am

These four songs just seem like they were meant to be McCartney creations -- perhaps in a parallel universe:

Alone Again (Naturally), by Gilbert O'Sullivan

My Life, by Billy Joel

Reminiscing, by Little River Band

No Matter What You Do, by Badfinger

That last one would also have benefitted from John singing harmony along with Paul

(and speaking of Badfinger, their song "Day after Day" would have been an excellent George Harrison)

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...

Vienna, Austria
343 Posts
11 January 2013 - 2.34pm

Of those I only know my life but I love it (I'm a big billy joel fan) I think many songs by billy joel fit to paul

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby

Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
1610 Posts
11 January 2013 - 8.38pm

Good thread. I often think that when hearing this or that song.

I agree with all of the above. All VERY McCartney-esque. (When "Alone Again" came out I thought it was McCartney.)

Right now I can only think of Bon Jovi's "It's My Life"

and Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home Again"



"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)

Funny Paper
2080 Posts
11 January 2013 - 10.17pm

Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" could certainly be done by Paul (and Paul would improve it, frankly), but it doesn't strike me as a particularly Pauline song per se.  It's more like one of those throw-away tracks Paul would put on one of his weaker 1990s albums.

I never cared much for Bon Jovi -- he's like all attitude and isn't this cool biting-your-lower-lip rock-and-fucking-roll dude! -- but the music just isn't that great.  His songs are like a guy who would rather make his point with a gun or constantly using f-bombs, rather than some more artful way.

Faded flowers, wait in a jar, till the evening is complete... complete... complete... complete...

Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
2829 Posts
11 January 2013 - 11.13pm

Oh man, I've always despised Bon Jovi and I don't even have any particular hatred for '80s hair metal at all! I especially hate the way he used to constantly play up the New Jersey angle just to sponge off a little second-hand Springsteen critical-worship. Plus that stupid smirking mug of his. Grr...

Anyway, "Don't Ask Me Why" by Billy Joel (yeah him again) always sounded McCartneyesque to me. And there's definitely more where that came from elsewhere in the BJ catalog. (Er, that's "Billy Joel", not "Bon Jovi", obviously...)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney


19087 Posts
11 January 2013 - 11.43pm

Have always hated, no despised the music that Bon Jovi have put out in their history, just the thought of them makes me want to hurl. I hate 80's rock, especially phoney rock like what they put out.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

God Only Knows
262 Posts
12 January 2013 - 5.09pm

The thing about Day After Day.. George produced it and played the solo with either Pete or Joey. So it would sound like one of his songs. As for the question at hand.. Dennis by Badfinger.

It's moreso that I would have liked to hear Paul perform it; I really enjoy Badfinger's version as it is.

Please don't wake me, no don't shake me, leave me where I am, I'm only sleeping~.

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